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At a loss as to what to get for your pregnant wife, sister, friend, aunt or coworker? Here’s a list of must-have items that will make great gifts for someone who is expecting.

 

Gifts for a Newly Pregnant Mom

Books

Remedies for “Morning” Sickness

Not much worked for me as far as morning sickness (more like all-day sickness!) other than sleep and some bland or starchy food, but these are some things that do work for some women. 

  • Motion Sickness Bands – These are made for sea sickness, but they do help some women with morning sickness.
  • Preggie Pop Drops – Drops made especially to ease the discomfort of morning sickness.
  • Gin Gins – Ginger candy that helps with nausea in some newly pregnant moms.

Gifts that Moms Might Need (or Want) Around the Second Trimester and Later

bella.jpgIngrid and Isabel Everyday Maternity Band – When I was newly pregnant and just growing out of my pants but notbig enough for maternity pants, I bought a couple of Bella bands. Itfits over your unbuttoned or unzipped pants and lets you wear yourregular jeans for a little longer. It looks more like a t-shirt overyour pants than an elasticy fabric band.

snoogle.jpg Snoogle Maternity Full Body Pillow – I could not live without this pillow from about four months on. In fact, I ended up buying two because the first one got so beaten up by my sleeping with it every night (and during my many naps!).   

Pregnancy Belly Cast Kit – A belly casting kit that let’s you make a plaster cast of your pregnancy belly. You can have a form for posterity and it only takes 30 minutes!  

Gifts that Are Great for Her Entire Pregnancy

Magazine Subscriptions

  • Fit Pregnancy – for the fitness buff in your life.
  • Mothering Magazine –  for the alternative mom. Go to their website to order.
  • Parents Magazine – For the mainstream mom. 

Prenatal Massage

river_stones.jpgMy husband treated me to a prenatal massage every month from about three to nine months, and it really wasn’t enough! Check the web or yellow pages or ask someone for a referral to a licensed prenatal massage therapist. There are special precautions that need to be taken for the health of you and your baby. 

Prenatal Yoga DVD

yoga_small.jpgPrenatal Yoga With Shiva Rea – This is the yoga tape I used for my entire pregnancy. She shows you how to adjust the poses for all three trimesters. Her voice is soothing and it’s not a super intense yoga workout, just something to get you calm and loose.

Yoga Zone – Postures for Pregnancy – Yogi Alan Finger leads you in a relaxing 35-minute prenatal yoga session that focuses on breathing and posture. 

For more gift ideas see the Type-A Mom Gift Guide

Greta is a slacker mom masquerading as a type-A mom. She is the ownerof Wooster Square Publishing Services in New Haven, Connecticut, whereshe lives with the coolest little boy and the most patient husband inthe world.  

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